Otsego, New York

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Otsego is a town in Otsego County, New York, United States. The population was 3,904 at the 2000 census. The town is named after a lake on its border.

The Town of Otsego is in the north central part of the county.



Gideon Hawley, a missionary, arrived in this area in 1753. William Cooper purchased land (Cooper Patent) that now is marked, in part, by Cooperstown. Major settlement began around 1788.

The Town of Otsego was organized while still in Montgomery County in 1788 and is the oldest town in the county.

People of note

  • Willard Bundy - inventor of the time clock.
  • James Fenimore Cooper - lived much of his life in Cooperstown and died there.
  • Isaac Singer worked at a machine shop in Fly Creek in the 1830s. The family of his future business partner, Edward C. Clark, has been a major benefactor of Cooperstown since the 19th century.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 57.8 square miles (149.6 km²), of which, 54.2 square miles (140.4 km²) of it is land and 3.6 square miles (9.2 km²) of it (6.18%) is water.

Otsego Lake forms most of the eastern boundary, and Canadarago Lake forms part of the western boundary.

New York State Route 80 is a north-south highway along the west side of Otsego Lake. At Cooperstown, NY-80 is partly conjoined with New York State Route 28 as an east-west highway. New York State Route 205 intersects NY-80 in the western part of Otsego.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,904 people, 1,701 households, and 1,029 families residing in the town. The population density was 72.0 people per square mile (27.8/km²). There were 2,193 housing units at an average density of 40.5/sq mi (15.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.75% White, 0.64% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.54% of the population.

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